Anna Larsson was educated at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. She made her first international concert appearance in 1997 performing Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado. Her operatic debut was as Erda (Das Rheingold) at the Berlin State Opera with music director Daniel Barenboim. Anna Larsson has sung contralto roles such as Kundry, Waltraute, Orphée, Fricka, Dalilah, Gaea (Daphne) and the Princess (Suor Angelica). She is seen regularly on the stages of opera houses such as La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House and Royal Swedish Opera. In 2011 she made her role debut as Kundry at La Monnaie in Brussels.
Anna Larsson sings almost the entire concert repertoire for contralto and orchestra and is one of the most highly regarded interpreters of Mahler’s music. She works with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wladimir Jurowski, Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Gustavo Dudamel, Seiji Osawa, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and with all the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anna Larsson appeared in several concerts at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 and 2011, performing works by Rihm and Mahler among others. In December 2010 Anna Larsson was appointed Court Singer by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. In 2011 she opened her own concert hall, the Vattnäs Concert Barn, in the village of Vattnäs near Mora in Dalecarlia.